A w e e k i n t he life of t he MAC PA G E 3
2 CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A BIG OPPOR TUNITY
SEEK OUT A BIG PROB L E M
Over the last few years The MAC, as a company, has grown in leaps and bounds. This year has been yet another great year for The MAC
with our performance being better than ever.
As a company, we have achieved a tremendous amount in the last 12 months. We have brought the Kambalda and Middlemount Villages
into operation; substantially added to the number of rooms at Coppabella and Dysart; opened the state-of-the-art Village Central facility at
Coppabella; established a manufacturing facility in Adelaide; won preferred tender contracts at Karratha and Roxby Downs; and materially
increased land banks in other areas identified for expansion. These achievements we have all contributed to and should be proud of.
I am pleased to announce that The MAC achieved a net profit after tax of $18.315m for the year ending 30 June 2008. This exceeds the
amount of $16.2m forecast in our Initial Public Offering (IPO) Prospectus by an impressive 13 percent.
The Board has declared a final dividend of 3.5 cents per share which takes the total dividend for the 2008 financial year to 7.00 cents.
At the time of going to print, our share price was at $2.20 representing a 46.7% increase over the pricing of our IPO offering of $1.50 per
share. It is also pleasing to note that we met or exceeded all of the significant forecasts that were included in our IPO Prospectus.
Looking ahead into 2009, we have another challenging year in front of us as we strive to satisfy the market demands for our unique style
of accommodation facility.
Notwithstanding the extreme gyrations in the financial services markets, the resources sector remains strong, particularly in the iron ore and
coal sectors where we have our major presence. The underlying fundamentals of our business are extremely positive and our commitment
to major expansion remains undiminished.
All in all, it has been an extremely successful year and on behalf of myself and the other Directors, I wish to pass on my sincere appreciation
to all staff for their contribution to our success.
On a final note, it is with great sadness and regret that I wish to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Lynette Munday, who
tragically passed away on 19 August 2008. Lynette has been a valued staff member of The MAC Moranbah for over 7 years and will be
greatly missed by everyone who has worked with her over the years.
Kevin W Maloney
Executive Chairman, Kevin Maloney and COO, Mark Maloney would like to hear what you have
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feedback or concerns directly to Kevin and Mark. All emails will be treated with the upmost
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Get on Board
“Get on Board with Safety” is the new MAC safety slogan. The slogan was chosen by the
management team after careful review of all the wonderfully creative entries that we received.
The runner-up winner of the Apple iPod Shuffle was our resident artist David Sheffield for his
two entries of “Never give Safety a day off” and “Don’t learn Safety by accident”. Thank you
to all who entered the competition.
‘ON BOArd LEArNINg’
AT THE MAC
CoNTRIdUCTEd bY RoY TUNGATE, oH&S MANAGER
‘On Board Learning’ is The MAC’s new is computer based, trainees also have the A statement of attainment will be printed
online e-learning Safety Induction course. flexibility of doing the course at when the trainee successfully completes
The E-learning technology will assist The a time that suits them. the assessment.
MAC in training employees using a flexible
and convenient approach. Trainees begin the course with a main The program also has the capability to
menu of the subjects covered and can print off a safety checklist that can assist
Over the past two years The MAC has click on the various subject icons to Supervisors in ensuring all safety aspects
been working hard on developing the access the lessons. After each interactive of the workplace have been covered within
E-learning Safety Induction courses. lesson is complete, the trainee’s their induction, such as the location of
The Courses have already been knowledge of the lesson is assessed by evacuation points and first aid kits.
implemented at our Manufacturing, sample questions. The questions range
Construction and Operations sites with from multiple choice, true or false, yes or The E-learning inductions will be a very
training to be conducted at our Villages no, a manually typed answer, or even a important tool for driving the future of
in the coming months. choice of picture or graphic representation. The MAC’s safety culture.
When all subject lessons are finished,
The on-line courses will teach employees the trainee then completes an overall
about good workplace safety practices assessment which comprises of questions
and the importance of using them every on all subjects covered in the lessons.
day through an interactive self-directed
This self-managed approach
allows employees to go through
the course at their own pace,
enabling employees to speed
up or slow down throughout the
course as necessary. As the course
4 CoVER SToRY
A week in the life
of the MAC
it takes a lot of hard work and organisation to run our MAC Villages. the sheer volume of food, laundry
and labour that is required is well beyond what most of us can comprehend. John Bendtsen, Regional
Accommodation Manager shed some light on what it takes for our Villages to get through
a typical working week and the sheer volume of resources we consume to make it all happen.
The soft ochre colours of the sun setting accommodation, we have 205
quietly washed over me as I sat on the Accommodation staff dedicated
veranda after yet another busy day. As I to making our guests feel as welcomed
relax and think back over the past week, and comfortable as possible during
the sheer size and scope of what we their stay.
achieve as a team in the Bowen Basin
came to mind.... In thinking through what we do to run
the Villages on a weekly basis, I thought
The MAC provides 4,304 rooms Australia an interesting observation would be the
wide to the resources industry through our amount of simple goods and services
Accommodation Villages that are often that we use at the Villages similar to that
larger than the nearby or surrounding of what we all use in the comfort of our
towns themselves. In this past week we own homes.
have booked 28,169 room nights and
prepared 63,404 meals for our guests. In the last week The MAC has served up
To service and provide the very best in to 11,160 eggs, cooked in various styles,
CoVER SToRY 5
gone through 27kg of Coco pops (when Moving on from food, I personally dislike
you think of how much a single Coco spending a lot of time performing
Pop weighs, that’s a lot of little chocolate domestic chores and in my opinion, our
covered rice puffs!), consumed 25kg of housekeeping staff are heroes. Over
instant coffee (as a coffee lover that even the past week they have spent a total
surprised me), 31.5 kg of our Aussie of 1,208 hours cleaning rooms, with
favourite ‘Milo’ along with eating 243kg of our laundry washing 4,605 towels,
biscuits with our Milo, and have spread 7,745 sheets, 3,872 pillow slips
26.25kg of our other Aussie favourite and 3,227 bathmats.
‘Vegemite’ on our toast, and that was
only at breakfast. On a more environmental
topic, water conservation
Contributing to the lack of vampires in the
and recycling forms part
area is the fact that we have consumed
of an interesting study
21.5kg of garlic in our evening meals
at our Coppabella
together with 1,166kg of cooked chips. A
Village. We import
somewhat healthy counterpoint is that we
900,000 litres of water into
have also eaten 615kg of cheese in
this Village per week, but we
various guises, including the ever so
certainly don’t waste it. Used water
popular ‘Light Philly’.
is processed in the state-of-the-
As a natural progression, this food will art water treatment plant,
wind its way through our bodies as nature creating what is called ‘A+’
intended, with the end result of using class water. In fact we produce an
3,624 rolls of toilet paper during the seven here gives a good example of how much
outstanding 875,000 litres of ‘A+’ water a
days of consumption. week, that is then effort is put into keeping our Villages
re-used on our gardens and the running. It certainly is a far cry from
hundreds of toilet cisterns keeping the family happy at home.
throughout the Village. The
missing 25,000 litres of water
we don’t capture is taken out of
our Village by the many bodies
that consume it and then
disperse as Mother Nature
intended. There are an abundance of
other facts and figures that I could
continue to go through,
but what we have
6 NEW bUSINESS
2008 In numbers
CoNTRIbUTEd bY RICHARd SAUNdERS, CFo
2008 has been yet another great year for Other numbers that of our staff’s significant of local suppliers, The MAC bought
The MAC. Financially it was a year that was efforts contributed to are below. $2,350,000 of fresh meat and $2,980,000
very successful, providing a good base to of fresh fruit & vegetables.
invest in the continued expansion of our Guest nights 810,483
existing Villages and new Villages to come. The future years of The MAC look strong,
Meals provided 2,431,449
The results reflect the great amount of as the mining industry continues to go to
hard work put in by all our staff, and should Rooms built 1,161 greater heights. We invested $68 million
be congratulated for their contribution to Infrastructure built C
entral facility this year alone in new rooms, roads and
The MAC’s success. @ Coppabella equipment to keep up with industry demand
Our financial highlight for the year was an Sheets changed 540,322 and strive to continue to be at the forefront
increase of 31.6% in Revenue to reach of innovation in remote accommodation
$79,927 million; an outstanding The MAC also focuses its efforts on solutions.
achievement by all, cementing the growth supporting our local communities,
of 2007 where revenue more than doubled. playing an active role in their growth and Staff are invited to view the full financial
This and more has been achieved with 469 development. This year we contributed over results on our website within the Investor
staff at year end, which is a 35% increase $88,000 in sponsorship and donations, plus Relations page at
on June 2007 figures. food and services in kind. Through the use www.themac.com.au/investor_relations.php
bMA SIGN 3-YEAR CoNTRACT AT CoPPAbELLA
BMA (BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance) has upcoming development of the Daunia diversification to our client base and gives
recently entered a contract with The MAC project at Coppabella and other expansion us a strong recommendation of the
for the lease of 350 rooms at The MAC projects in the region. standard of our services.”
Coppabella Village. The added rooms will
increase Coppabella’s capacity to 1,400 “We are pleased to have BMA contractors “All coal companies are facing the
rooms, making it the largest remote and employees coming to Coppabella, challenges of the next wave of the coal
accommodation facility in the region. along with their Leightons staff from Poitrel” boom, and BMA has really put their foot on
says Chris Jury, GM Business Development. the accelerator to capture growth. A key
The 3-year contract will form part of “Securing accommodation for the upcoming requirement for this growth is having quality
Coppabella Stage 9 and 10, with Stage 10 Daunia project will enable BMA to accommodation, so we are very pleased to
to be completed by the 28 February 2009. concentrate on their core competencies be partnering with the major players in the
The new rooms at Coppabella will service without the stress of finding accommodation industry to achieve this”.
BMA staff and contractors working on the for their workers. For The MAC, this adds
NEW bUSINESS 7
The Mac building services
The MAC ConsTruCTion hAs forMed A new division CAlled The MAC Building serviCes. The division
will repl ACe The MAC MAinTenAnCe And hAve expAnded CApABiliTies And serviCes.
The MAC Building Services consists of Recent project approvals for the business
4 Business Units including Urgent include Coppabella Stage 9 hydraulics, The MAC Building ServiCeS
Maintenance, Service Maintenance, Major concrete paths and air conditioner BuSineSS uniTS
Works and Hire Services. The business will installations. Building Services have also
continue to provide maintenance services been accepted as a competitive bid for the
Respond to all uRgent maintenance
to The MAC Villages while extending their supply and installation of the Moranbah
Requests to RetuRn an asset to
services to the surrounding community in Girl Guides hall washroom facilities, which
the Bowen Basin region. was recently made public in the Daily
Mackay Mercury for the extended time it ServiCe MAinTenAnCe
Peter Henderson, Building Services
has taken for the Guides to find a supplier. pRovide planned and scheduled
Manager commented on the new
maintenance seRvices to maintain assets
division,”The MAC Building Services will The division also plans to conduct a
provide the Villages with more than simply Roadshow to each MAC Village to present in optimal opeRational oRdeR.
reactive and routine maintenance. The new the new business to Village MAJOr WOrKS
structure and resources gives us the management. The pRovision of building-Related seRvices i.e.
capacity to handle jobs on a much larger Roadshow will help Village new buildings, upgRades, change of use.
scale than previously possible.” staff gain a better majoR woRks will also pRovide the mac
understanding of their villages with constRuction woRks
“New systems and processes are being
extended services and the including fencing, bbqs, Rotundas and
developed to improve our service levels
systems and processes
including monthly reporting, concRete pathways.
that will be put in place for
comprehensive service level agreements hire ServiCeS
improved monitoring and
and improved maintenance management
management. hiRe out existing plant and equipment
including facility management.”
to both inteRnal & exteRnal clients i.e.
“We are already receiving a positive bobcat, wateR tRuck, containeRs and
response to the new processes from our tRanspoRtable buildings.
valued clients - that is a great start for the
Current Construction Projects
Coppabella Sports Facility plans are currently with council to approve a new sporting complex that includes a new gym, pool and tennis
courts. as part of this development the existing tavern will be extended to include a beer garden. these works are
due for completion by mid-november.
Coppabella intersection &
Access road works have started on the new intersection and access road and should be completed by the end of august.
Coppabella Stage 9 now that stage 8 is complete, we are installing 117 rooms into stage 9. the total number of rooms at the
coppabella site will be up to 1,300 rooms when stage 9 is complete.
Coppabella Stage 7 this development will comprise of 24 x 2 bed cabins. this will be the new staff complex at coppabella.
dysart Office, Shop and Tavern these works include the construction of a permanent facility that will transform the entry to our dysart village. the
project is scheduled for completion before the end of the year.
Middlemount Stage 1 the number of rooms for this project is 20 x 1 bed cabins and 24 executive rooms. the buildings being used are a
new design and all reports to date say that they are very impressive. works on site have commenced with
completion due at the end of august.
Kambalda Stage 1 this was our first construction site in wa and includes the installation of kitchen, office, bar,shop, 232 standard
rooms and 100 caravan parks. all 232 rooms will be handed over by mid-june with the central facility building due
for completion before the end of the year.
8 IN THE CoMMUNITY
“Working with the Community, our aim is to contribute to economic
development, while improving the quality of life for The MAC’s workforce,
guests, clients and the community”. Our recent initiatives include:
Opening of the Nebo Rodeo Undercover Arena
On the 27th June, a good crowd turned out for the opening over the years to assist in this achievement. The MAC
of the new undercover Arena at the Nebo Rodeo Village Nebo catered for the event, providing delicious
showgrounds. Judy Spence, The QLD Minister for Police, scones with jam and cream alongside sandwiches
Corrective Services, Sport and Recreation officially opened and cakes.
the major sporting complex that will be instrumental in
Nebo’s future growth and development. Nebo is justifiably very proud of this venue, which will
bring great opportunity to the region, leading to both
The MAC has contributed as sponsors in various ways social and economical growth in the future.
Leichhardt District Ladies
The Leichhardt District Ladies Bowls Association held their
annual bowling day in Dysart on Sunday 20 July. Their chosen
charity was the Central Queensland Rescue Helicopter
Service (CQ Rescue). The essential purpose of CQ Rescu
is to reduce loss of life, to reduce the likeliho od of permanent
neurological or physical impairment as an outcome of acute
illness or severe trauma, and to reduce the number of days
which emergency patients need to spend in hospital.
“We feel that this service touches all of us living here in
the mining and rural areas” said Grace Gleeson, from the
Leichhardt District Ladies Bowling Association
The MAC donated $500 and a plasma T.V. to the raffle.
The raffle proved very successful, raising $600. Overall The
Leichhardt District Ladies Bowls Association did a wonde
job to raise over $8000 for CQ Rescue.
IN THE CoMMUNITY 9
Andamooka Community Health Services Bed
The MAC recently purchased a medical bed for the Andamooka
Community Health Services. The bed costing $3690 will be used to nurse
palliative care clients at home and promotes effective risk management,
good infection control and ergonomics, enhanced safety and ease of use.
“Having the bed allows our clients to be nursed more comfortably and
safely in their homes, avoiding patients being sent to hospitals and nursing
homes in their final days”, said Deb Sach from Andamooka Community
The township of Andamooka is just down the road from Roxby Downs
(approx 30kms). The bed has been warmly welcomed by the wonderful
staff at the Andamooka Community Health Services.
Newspapers in Education
Newspapers in Education is a school
resources program run in conjunction with
The Daily Mercury. The MAC has sponsored
this program for students of the Moranbah
High School, enabling pupils to have access
to local newspapers. The school receives a
class set of 30 newspapers weekly and 2
other newspapers every other day.
Algwa Moranbah 2008 - Queensland
State Conference - Isaac Regional Council
The ‘Seams to Dreams’ Australian Local Government Women’s
Conference was held at Moranbah Community Centre 30 July to
1 August. The MAC assisted with the conference by catering for
the farewell dinner ‘Carnival on Isaac’ on 1 August. The buffet
dinner prepared by our MAC chefs included roast turkey breasts,
garlic prawns, sweet and sour chicken, Malaysian beef green curry,
chicken and ham platters and a selection of vegetables and salads.
To finish the meal we served a well received selection of desserts
including double chocolate mud cakes, cheesecakes, fresh fruit
salad and yoghurt.
10 AboUT oUR PEoPLE
CLoSE UP WITH
We talked to Michelle Stone, Village Manager of Moranbah on her
role, life outside of The MAC and the philosophy she lives by.
As Village Manager of Moranbah, what does your role involve on a Tell us a little about your background, what have you done in the
day-to-day basis? past before coming to The MAC?
I start work at around 6.00 am (as I am an early riser!). First, I go to the My background is Airlines and Hospitality – Hospitality is my passion!
Kitchen to greet all my staff and wish them all a good day – I then go to I have held my Private Pilots licence for 26 years and flying has been a
the Dining Room and do the same with the house guests dining at that big part of my life since I was a small child as my father was an aviator.
time. Next I stop off at Housekeeping to discuss the cleaning Formation flying was my challenge and I succeeded.
requirements for the day, and then Maintenance Staff.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
After my rounds I head off to the office to discuss with the admin staff the
I don’t take to the skies these days but I do enjoy a good game of Tennis.
arrivals and departures of house guests and any issues that are pending.
Sadly I was widowed a few years ago after a great marriage which is why
What do you enjoy about your role and why? my life is now my career. I have a wonderful daughter
My role is exciting to say the least, as anything can happen at any time, and a grand dog (which will be the closest I get
good or bad. However, the old saying is ‘a happy contented cow always to a grandchild).
gives good milk’. I take an interest in all my staff and always give My philosophy in life is “EVERY DAY ABOVE
encouragement and support and praise for their efforts. THE GROUND IS A GOOD ONE”
What is the focus at the Moranbah Village over the next 12 months? and I live by that.
My focus over the next 12 months at Moranbah is to have a stable Village
and to keep the good staff I have and offer training where possible and
pass on my life experiences to them. MICHELLE’S GRANddoG MILLIE
where i grew up!
the MAC is a culturally diverse company which leads to many
fascinating stories about our employees’ home life. the MAC-A-Zine
is excited about this new feature of ’ MAC people’ ’, kicking it off
with Barbara Donnelly, pA to Company Secretary/general Counsel.
Coming from living in the tiny town of Portmarnock , Ireland for almost 30 home because of the similarities surrounding my life. Kingsford Smith being
years, Barb has travelled far to live in Australia, but can’t get away from the one and being surrounded by keen golfers another, as I work with Stephen
history of Kingsford Smith or mad keen golfers! Law who is not only a good golfer himself but his great grandfather was
“Portmarnock’s population comprised 1000 people, so there was only one one of the pros at the famous St Andrew’s Golf Course in Scotland. I just
church, one shop, one beach, 2 hotels and of course the golf course,” can’t seem to be able to escape it!”
says Barb. “Almost everyone in Portmarnock was born with a golf club in
their hand. It took me 6 months to acquire mine as my grandfather, who in
his spare time made golf clubs for the Portmarnock Golf Links club – home
to the Irish Open for years - made me a ‘wood’ fit for a baby.”
Portmarnock is not only famous for its Golf courses; the town has a rich
Aviation history that goes back to the early 1900’s. In 1930 the famous
Kingsford Smith and his crew crossed the Atlantic Ocean from east to west
in ‘The Southern Cross’. Portmarnock beach was chosen as the site for
takeoff. It was noted in history papers that Mrs Donnelly’s (Barb’s Nanna)
tea rooms did a great trade that day!
Barb grew up with this history surrounding her, only to find herself years
later working 15 minutes away from Kingsford Smith airport here in Sydney.
bARbARA oN PoRTMARNoCk bEACH WITH MoLL ANd ALI
“I find it odd that I’ve travelled to the other side of the world; yet feel very at
AboUT oUR PEoPLE 11
THE MAC bLUES bANd -
“THE bLUES MAkERS”
THE MAC HAS ITS VERY oWN bLUES bANd! gAry dAhAN, CoNSTRUCTIoN SITE MANAGER, THE MAC CoPPAbELLA ANd THE
MAC bLUES bANd dRUMMER, TELLS US AboUT HoW THE bANd FoRMEd ANd THE MANY YEARS’ TALENT ANd ExPERIENCE
THE bANd HoLdS.
The MAC Blues Band, otherwise known as MidnightExpress, Steven Smyth, and Our future goals include playing in some
‘The Blues Makers’, is here for good! The Johnny Young. festivals (e.g Port Ferry, Byron Bay, and
makings of the band started in early 2008 Australian Blues) and also to become
Jack Lowry has toured extensively
when National Mine Maintenance at Dysart The MAC Corporate Band would be a
throughout Australia and America, played in
downsized and four previous employees great next step! It would give us (and
festivals and recently recorded with Steven
celebrated with a party. From then on we The MAC) a chance to showcase exactly
Smyth. Gary Dahan has had much success
have never looked back…. what we can do… hammer the blues!
with his Credence Clearwater Recycled
The MAC Blues Band consists of staff Tour. Dave was lucky enough to perform Our greatest ambition is to travel abroad
members all from The MAC Coppabella. with members from both Janice Joplin’s and to Germany where the blues scene is
B.B Rich, Trades Assistant (rhythm guitarist, Bob Dylan’s band and Alex was actually absolutely rock’n (excuse the pun)! All
lead singer), Jack Lowry, Electrician (lead invited to tour with James Morrison’s Jazz these things are within our
guitarist), Gary Dahan, Construction band! Jeremy and BB Rich are both new reach. We have the talent,
Site Manager (drummer), David Morris, comers to the professional music scene, the fresh blood, the
Carpenter (harmonica), Jeremy Morris, but with support like this, how can they go ambition, and
Administration and Storeman (Bass) and wrong??? the blues.
Alex Kavanagh (Saxophonist).
This Chicago and Gospel blues inspired
With the talent and experience that these band does what it does solely for the mutual
people have, it’s a wonder they are still love of music. We love to concentrate our
working for The MAC (no offence The efforts on making music that makes people
MAC)! David, Jack, Gary and Alex alone laugh, cry and dance to as we have done
have over 140 years’ collective experience so many times for MAC employees at staff
playing with musical greats such as Phil parties or just for a good old fashioned jam!
Emanuel, Credence Clearwater Recycled,
12 VILLAGE UPdATE
COPPABELLA UNDER WATER
Our Artist-in-residence David Sheffield has been putting on quite a show at the Coppabella Village,
as residents watch him turn the Village’s water tanks into a work of art.
The two five meters high, 35 meters round Coppabella for them to enjoy every single The tank murals are the first of a series of 3
tanks have been quite a spectacle and topic day.” murals to be painted at Coppabella over the
of conversation at The MAC Coppabella following months. The next mural will be
Painting the 70 meters of round surface
Village. David Sheffield, our artist-in- painted on Coppabella’s maintenance shed
has been challenging for David. The
residence has transformed the once ugly which is completely designed to be done in
constant motion of going ‘up and down’
and boring tanks into a painting of 3D. The third mural will be themed around
the scaffolding has made painting this
underwater finesse. The Great Barrier Reef the Australia’s Evolution over 4500 million
particular mural a very physical task.
Aquarium themed mural represents the years ago after the ‘big bang’ that shaped
colour and beauty of the Coral Sea. “It has been challenging with needing to the earth.
go up and down the scaffolding every
“I wanted to paint a mural that would help David’s murals form a very special and
ten minutes, and the round surface does
lift the morale at the Village,” says David. unique part of The MAC Villages, promoting
make getting things in the right perspective
“Generally people relate to the underwater our Australian culture, heritage and the
difficult. But the circular shape of the tanks
world and its creatures as beautiful and beauties of our land. We look forward to
is just perfect for an Aquarium painting.”
peaceful. Here at Coppabella we are a far David’s upcoming projects and artist
cry from the sea and what it has to offer. impressions that have such a positive effect
I wanted to bring this on the aesthetic environment
experience to the and atmosphere of
people of our Villages.
ESCAPE FOR A WEEKEND AWAY WITH THE MAC CULTURE & TOURISM’S ‘SHORT BREAKS’
Culture and Tourism have recently introduced a fantastic new away from the daily grind,” says Marcella Massie, Culture &
range of holiday packages for staff called ‘Short Breaks’.
‘Short Breaks’ offers excellent weekend getaways and short
“Short Breaks are perfect for those wanting a quiet weekend
break holiday packages to destinations such as Mackay and away, whether it be a sailing or island escape, an adrenaline
the Whitsundays, giving staff the perfect opportunity to get pumping scuba dive or tandem skydiving adventure. There is
out and about on their days off. definitely something for everyone.”
“There are loads of tourism products to entice our staff to get ‘Short Breaks’ are offered to staff members initially in the
Mackay & Hinterland region at a range of competitive prices.
An experience holiday package can be put together to suit
To find out more about ‘Short Breaks’, phone Marcella Massie
on 1800 241 654.
CLIENT FoCUS 13
MACMAhON OVErVIEW - JULy 2008
Macmahon Holdings Limited (Macmahon) ‘surface’ mining solutions to mine owners Macmahon is considered a leading
is a leading contractor providing services on time and on budget, including complete employer of Australian apprentices and its
to customers in both the mining and civil mine-to-mill capability. training standards have been recognised
construction sectors. throughout Australia.
Macmahon also delivers a total
As a successful, rapidly growing, public underground mining service, including Recently Macmahon announced the
company Macmahon is a member of the underground development and production, formation of a new Aboriginal contracting
ASX / S&P 200 - employing more than business, “Doorn-Djil Yoordaning - Mining
as well as specialist ground support in the
3,500 people throughout Australia, New and Construction”.
form of cable bolting and shotcreting.
Zealand and South East Asia. The name, which means ‘coming together’,
Australian Raise Drilling (ARD) and
The Construction Business provides is taken from the Noongar Balladong
Combined Resource Engineering (CRE),
complete civil construction solutions for language of Western Australia and the new
a wholly-owned subsidiary of Macmahon, company represents a special opportunity
road, rail, marine, resource infrastructure
provides added value and service to those to work with many different local Aboriginal
underground mining customers that require communities to create a new player in the
The Mining Business provides total full-mine operation capabilities. contracting sector.
1. What does your average day consist of while 5. Where and with whom do you live when not staying
working for Macmahon and staying at The Mac? at The Mac Village?
PeteR wooDS i come to the world of the living about 5.30am and My wife in Mackay.
have my brekky. Afterwards i wander up to work – 6. have you stayed in other mining accommodation,
Mac Location: in summer i walk and in winter i’m slack and drive. including other Mac Villages?
nebo i check my e-mails to collect information regarding dysart, Moranbah, Middlemount and most W.A camps.
Occupation and current Project you are repairs for Macmahon and outside customer
7. If you could choose anything The Mac could do to
working on: earthmoving equipment. My day is spent building up
improve your stay with us, what would it be?
repair estimates and liaison with customers regarding
estimator - refurbish caterpillar d11r dozer gym on site (this is coming Peter), & phone facilities in
costs. if all goes well i move onto the next one. the room. The movie channel can be a bit boring at times.
At 5.30pm i finish for the day and wander back to When i finished my apprenticeship i was working in north
The MAc village. Western Australia and the rooms were not much bigger
2. What is your work roster? than the one i’m in now, but we had 4 men to a room.
5 days on 2 days off. We had to line up once a week for a change of linen. We
3. how do you like to spend your free time after had no r&r – we worked 3 months on, one week off.
work when on roster? 8. Do you have a favourite quote or philosophy that
relaxing - a couple of beers , surfing the internet, you live by?
T.v, sleep do your best
4. What’s your favourite thing to do when on break? 9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
being with my wife, travelling, renovating my unit. Travelling Australia
14 WoRk / LIFE bALANCE
Increase your energy levels!
Do you often feel like you’re running on empty? passionfruit, banana, carrot or celery sticks to
Wake up in the morning feeling exhausted? snack on instead of chocolate and lollies!
Well, you’re not alone. Most people wish they
4. Exercise more often
had more energy. In today’s fast paced society,
Exercise is a sure cure for increased energy. It
having staying power is a must to get us
makes your body work better. Exercise doesn’t
through the day. So how can we improve our
have to be boring or tedious. Go for a walk
energy levels? Below are some simple and easy
around the city and window shop or take the
tips that should help you feel like jumping out of
kids to the park and kick around the footy.
bed in the morning ready to take on the world!
5. Get some sunlight
1. Get a good night’s sleep
A lot of us tend to be stuck in the office all day
Most of us know that 8 hours sleep is optimal,
away from natural light. One of the easiest things
but difficult to fit in. Even if you get 6 hours sleep,
to do to boost your energy levels during the
going to bed at the same time every day will help
working day is go outside and eat your lunch
your body get into a routine to get a proper good
in the sun. Even a short stroll around the office
block to soak up the sun will make you feel more
2. Take 20 minutes time out everyday just for you energised for the rest of the day.
Create a daily routine where you take 20 – 30
Foods that will give you that energy boost!
minutes for yourself to simply relax and do
• Celery sticks with peanut butter
nothing (not watching the TV or surfing the net!).
• Cereal with milk and fruit
Read a book, listen to some relaxing music,
meditate, or even have a cup of tea. • Cottage cheese with whole grain crackers
• Poached eggs on whole grain toast
3. Eat more raw fruit and vegetables
• Banana Smoothie – made with low fat yogurt
Eating a piece of fruit is the healthiest way to get
an energy boost. Fruit has low glycemic index,
• Fresh fruit and vegetables
unlike candy, meaning the sugar is released into
your system slowly. Make a habit of buying your Eat regularly throughout the day including meals
favourite fruit or vegetable, whatever it might be – and snacks to keep your metabolism going all day.
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR MOOD
We can all get a bit down in the dumps or to evoke memory. Smell things that remind you of
grumpy when our day turns a little pear a happy or joyful time, someone you love or that
shaped. But there are some simple things we simply makes you feel good.
can do to lift our spirits and balance our mood.
4. Help someone else with something
1. Change your environment Doing good deeds gives you a burst of
A change in environment can help lift your mood, endorphins that in turn makes you feel good. Help
especially to get away from a frustrating or a co-worker accomplish a tough task or lend a
negative environment. Something as simple as helping hand for someone carrying their heavy
moving outside if you’re indoors can have a shopping bags. You’ll be amazed how uplifting it
positive effect. Consider going to a place that you will be.
have never visited before. Pay attention to your
5. Call someone
surroundings and notice the little details around
Sometimes you just need to talk to someone. Call
a close friend or relative, you don’t even have to
2. Find a way to laugh talk about what is upsetting you, unless you feel
Watch a comedy movie or TV program, read a like it. Often connecting with someone can help
funny book, play with your pets or be silly with shift your mood.
some friends. Laughter is an effective way of
6. Get out of the house
changing your mood and is good for both your
Staying at home can encourage you to wallow in
mind and body.
your bad mood even more. Head out and do
3. Please your sense of smell something exciting, have dinner with friends, go
Your sense of smell is a quick and easy route into see a play or visit the museum. You will find that
your emotions and one of the most powerful ways your bad mood will be forgotten.
CALENdAR oF EVENTS 15
02 Para-Olympic Games 06 Airlie Beach Fun Run 07 Father’s Day
We asked Wayne Saunders,
Catering Manager of The MAC
07 Bridge to Brisbane 20 Bowen Fishing Classic 27 AFL Grand Final
Moranbah to give us one of his
favourite recipes. Keep your
tastebuds tempted with this
scrumptious Zucchini bread!
04 Bowen Cup Races 04 Nebo Bushman’s Ball 05 NRL Grand Final
07 Moranbah Rodeo 23 Indy Carnival Gold
Coast 25 Clermont Country
2 cups of white sugar
3 large eggs
3 cups S R Flour
1 cup Olive or Grape oil
2 cups of coarsely grated zucchini
1 cup of chopped walnuts
1 dessertspoon of cinnamon
NOVEMBER Beat eggs and sugar until smooth, add sifted
flour, oil and cinnamon. Stir in zucchini and
02 Adelaide Rock n’ Roll 04 Melbourne Cup
festival 07 Whitsunday Reef
Shape onto oiled bakers tray or drop into
prepared loaf tin. Cook in a moderate oven
(180°C) until golden brown.
Best served warm or cold with butter.
Mixture also works well as rolls.
08 Brisbane Good Food 11 Remembrance Day
and Wine festival 23 Great Bike Ride - Perth
16 oN THE LIGHTER SIdE
A trIP tO thE MAC SydNEy
FOr yOU ANd yOUr ChILd
tO SEE PLAySChOOL IN CONCErt!
Jay Laga’aia from Playschool will be performing a private concert
at The MAC and we are giving you the chance to bring your child
along….......... (Aunties, Uncles, Grandmothers and Grandfathers
are welcome to enter!)
To enter the draw please “Describe in 50 words or less
why you would like to win a trip to Sydney with
your child to meet Jay Laga’aia and attend a
private concert at The MAC?”
Prize includes: Flights, accommodation and Playschool concert
Nebo Tidy Town Awards for 1 adult and 1 child under the age of 6.
Please note: Date is yet to be confirmed
Congratulations to Nebo for being chosen as the winners of the
Entries close 12 September.
Regional Tidy Towns Awards held in Mackay on 30th July 2008.
Staff members from The MAC
Sydney office ran in City2Surf
again this year. A picnic was
held at Bondi Beach after
the event to help the weary
runners refuel and replenish.
Congratulations to all those
Art & Natalie Henwood
and C nie, Johnny
Tremb a Burg Manolas
oke, Lee Maceri and er.
Edbro rank e.
David Maloney, F fter the rac
Andrew n Kehoe a
The Age of Dinosaurs
SECONDS WITH... The MAC Culture & Tourism
YEVaNNEE COlE gaRDENER/faCIlITIES become a Foundation
Member of The Age
How long have you worked at The MAC? of Dinosaurs Museum
As a Foundation Member of
What is your work roster?
14 days on, 7 days off.
The Age of Dinosaurs Museum,
What do you like about living in Nebo?
The MAC Culture and Tourism have
The people, the environment, the outback formed part of a special group
country landscape. committed to the discovery and
Where did you work before coming to The MAC? preservation of history. The membership
I spent 25 years in Melbourne working in The
links to the upcoming project of the
Botanic Gardens, as well as other gardening and
nursery jobs throughout Melbourne. Evolution mural series currently being
Career high? designed for The MAC Nebo; and
Working on a prawning trawler throughout The Gulf of Carpentaria. Sea life was amazing! reinforces our strong relationship with
What is your favourite travel destination? the Queensland Museum and our
Bali, Indonesia – I’ve been there about 6 times to visit friends and family. Each time I go there it’s my
support for the development of cultural
timeout – massage, healing, therapy & spiritual time.
and tourism in the Mackay Region.
What is the most recent movie you have seen?
Sex in the City – it was great!
Spanish and Nepalese.
Do you have any hobbies?
Jumping on my motorbike and riding through the Atherton Tablelands. I also love collecting shells on
What are you passionate about?
The outdoor life, which fits in with my job as a gardener! I love flowers and watching the beautiful
environment around me.